Two hugely successful lines designed under your name, frequent mentions in prominent fashion publications, and collaborations with cosmetic giants like Mark. and Sally Hansen are all measurable signs of success for any designer, but the recognition becomes particularly poignant for a designer who happens to be African American. You see, so few in the fashion game have met with the same kind of commercial success as Tracy Reese.
Reese’s love of design was cultivated as a youngster in Detroit while sewing beside her mother. Reese went on to hone her skills at Parsons School of Design in NYC. At the tender age of 23, after working as a design assistant, she started her own design company which later folded. Reese went on to work for contemporary lines like Perry Ellis where she worked alongside fashion heavy hitters Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs. However, the calling to develop her own creative vision returned and Reese decided once again to design her own label.
One look at the body of Tracy’s work clarifies why her collections are hailed as the ultimate in “feminine chic.” Her vintage-bohemian aesthetic, clever use of color, and kitschy pattern combinations have made her a household name and spawned the creation of a diffusion line, Plenty by Tracy Reese. The infinitely talented designer has also turned her keen eye to ventures in home products, handbags, jewelry, and footwear. In today’s market where more can equal too much, one can grow weary of seeing a designer’s name splattered onto absolutely everything. In this case, we can’t wait to see what Tracy comes up with next.